Carbon Leaf To Give Concert On Boston Harbor


Celtic flavored roots rockers Carbon Leaf will once again take to the high seas aboard the Provincetown II. Joined by The Jason Spooner Trio, they will perform June 22, 7pm as part of the 2012 Rock and Blues Concert Cruise series. Now in their 20th year of award-winning recording, Carbon Leaf can look back at an impressive portfolio of achievements, as they continue to produce a steady stream of new music and tour throughout North America. Tickets and additional information for this show and the entire 2012 Rock and Blues Cruise series are available at

Hailing from Virginia, the same musically fertile purlieu that has nurtured the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Bruce Hornsby and Jason Mraz, Carbon Leaf's sound reflects a wide range of influences. Their unique blend of Folk-Rock, Americana, Celtic, Bluegrass, Rock and Pop certainly lends itself to a variety of genres. But the title of one of their early albums, Ether-Electrified Porch Music, seems to conjure the right image: An aura of warmth, with music punctuated by diverse instruments including mandolin, upright bass, violin, B3, rhodes and banjo, as well as acoustic and electric guitars.

Carbon Leaf's origins began as an independent band in 1992, eventually leading to a recording contract with Vanguard Records in 2004, resulting in three albums during their six years with the label. Along the way, Carbon Leaf has scored hit singles at AAA and Hot AC Radio with "Life Less Ordinary" and "The Boxer," placed first in the International Songwriting Competition, won an American Music Award, and recorded the music for Universal Pictures' Curious George 2 Soundtrack. Their voyage has come full circle, as Carbon Leaf produced two independent albums in 2010, including the holiday 'concept' album, Christmas Child.

On Saturday, June 23, the Rock and Blues Cruise hosts the Boston CD Release celebration for The Ryan Montbleau Band. In recording For Higher, Montbleau broke with tradition, leaving behind the comfort of his touring band for a whirlwind series of sessions in New Orleans with some of the city's best musicians. Producer Ben Ellman of Galactic assembled an all-star cast including keyboard/B-3 player Ivan Neville, guitar-master Anders Osborne, drummer Simon Lott, and Meters bassist George Porter, Jr.

The full 2012 summer schedule is:

June 22 Carbon Leaf Boarding at 7:00PM
With The Jason Spooner Trio Sailing at 8:00 PM

June 23 Ryan Montbleau Band Boarding at 7:00PM
With The Primate Fiasco and Sarah Borges Sailing at 8:00 PM

July 3 Bellevue Cadillac Boarding at 7:00PM
with special guests The Evan Goodrow Band Sailing at 8:00 PM

July 6 Booty Vortex Boarding at 7:00PM
Sailing at 8:00 PM

July 15 The English Beat Boarding at 2:00PM
Sailing at 3:00 PM

July 22 Beatlejuice Boarding at 2:00PM
Sailing at 3:00 PM

July 27 Passim Presents the Melissa Ferrick Band Boarding at 7:00PM
With special guest Rose Polenzani Sailing at 8:00PM

July 29 PledgeMusic presents the Boarding at 2:00PM
Boston Rock and Soul Festival Sailing at 3:00 PM

August 12 John Brown’s Body with Dub Apocalypse Boarding at 2:00PM
Presented by Fort Awesome and MySecretBoston Sailing at 3:00 PM

August 26 Passim presents Lori McKenna Boarding at 2:00PM
With special guest Liz Longley Sailing at 3:00 PM

The 2012 Rock and Blues Concert Cruises sail on the Provincetown II operated by Bay Sate Cruise Company. Providing one of the best concert experiences anywhere on the Boston Harbor, the Provincetown II features large decks, several full -services bars and concession stands. Cruises depart from the World Trade Center Pier at 200 Seaport Blvd, in the Seaport District of Boston.
Advance tickets are available at Online ticketing closes four hours before boarding on the day of the event. If the show is not sold out, tickets will be on-sale at the pier next to the Bay State Cruise ticket office 90 minutes before sailing. Rock and Blues Concert Cruises sail rain or shine.